Ajay to step into Jeetendra’s shoes in ‘Himmatwala’ remake
Mumbai: Bollywood seems to have taken a sudden liking for sequels. Buzz has it that after wrapping the ‘Housefull’ sequel, Sajid Khan is looking forward to remake the 1983 hit Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer ‘Himmatwala,’ with Ajay Devgn in the lead.
Talking to a daily, a source said, “Sajid Khan is one of the top most commercial filmmaker of recent times. After the success of ‘Heyy Babyy’ and ‘Housefull,’ he is also one of the most sought after directors. Vashu Bhagnani had signed him for the project some time back, reportedly, for Rs 12 crore. Ajay Devgn too has been signed for the yet untitled project. He too has received a big sum of money speculated to be around Rs 15-18 crore.”
“Sajid Khan is a movie buff and a self proclaimed lover of the 80s classics. He has always tried to maintain some element of the old films in his directorial ventures. In ‘Housefull’ for instance, he incorporated the trademark Mithunda pelvic thrust in the ‘Pappa Jag Jayega’ song. He is a huge Sridevi fan as well. ‘Himmatwala’ was an obvious choice for remake. Everyone loved his idea and the script is now under process,” added the source.
Apparently, Sajid is trying to get rights for the music of the original flick. “In the past, Sajid had bought rights of ‘Apni Toh Jaise Taise’ for his film ‘Housefull.’ It is likely that he would buy the rights of the ‘Himmatwala’ songs like ‘Naino Mein Sapna,’ ‘Taki O Taki’ and ‘Ladki Nahi Lakdi Ka Khamba Hai.’ However, everything is being kept under wraps at the moment. The producers want to make a big official announcement soon,” revealed another source.
When contacted Vashu Bhagnani, the producer said, “Yes I am making a film with Sajid Khan and Ajay Devgn but it will go on the floors next year. Nothing has been finalised yet.”
Meanwhile, Sajid Khan said, “Vashuji, Ajay and I are coming together for the film. I had told Vashuji that after ‘Housefull 2’ finishes, I will make a film for him and I am standing by my commitment. I am directing the film and it will be a typical Sajid Khan film, which promises wholesome entertainment for the entire family. As far as the subject of the film goes, it is too early to give any details and I cannot disclose the subject at this point of time.”